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IADC launches WellSharp Well Servicing accreditation program

To instigate a step-change in the prevention of well control events during well servicing operations, IADC is launching the WellSharp Well Servicing accreditation program to replace the legacy WellCAP Well Servicing program. The new program will go live on 1 April after more than two years in development. “By 1 April, training providers will stop teaching WellCAP Well Servicing,” Mark Denkowski, IADC VP of Accreditation Operations, said. So far, close to half of all training providers who are accredited under WellCAP have either already converted to or started the application process with WellSharp...

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HSE&T Corner: Interviewing front-line employees can help identify, eliminate system weaknesses before they manifest as human error

Research shows that human error and nonconformance can account for up to 80% of incidents. Of that 80%, up to 70% of incidents can then be attributed to system weaknesses, or conditions that allow an error to occur, said Sandra Adkins, Global Wells Organization Safety Advisor for Human Performance at BP. That means only 30% are related to individual mistakes. And yet, most incident investigations rely on traditional methods, such as near-miss reporting and observation programs, that tend to focus on proximal causes, such as human error. They rarely delve into system weaknesses...

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Zinke announces changes to oil and gas inspection program

US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced a series of new initiatives to strengthen the federal offshore oil and gas inspection program. Secretary Zinke highlighted a risk-based inspection element and an increase in the amount of time allotted for physical inspection of offshore facilities as two of six initiatives that the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) will institute before mid-2018. Secretary Zinke’s announcement at the 2018 CERAWeek conference coincides with the US offshore’s highest oil production year on record, totaling 629 million barrels during 2017...

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Halliburton facilities, business lines first in Angola to achieve API Q2 registration

Halliburton announced that its Angolan facilities, Luanda – SONILS base, which incorporates the Cabinda – Malembo base and Soyo – Kwanda base facilities, and all of the company’s product service lines in those locations have received the American Petroleum Institute (API) Specification Q2 Registration. The facilities are the first in Angola to receive this registration, an advanced industry quality standard for oil and natural gas service companies...

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IOGP publishes updated version of the guidelines for the conduct of offshore drilling hazard site surveys

The International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) has published an update to the Guidelines for the conduct of offshore drilling hazard site surveys, reflecting feedback on the original document from regulators around the world, IOGP member companies, contractors, verification bodies and consultants...

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Thorough investigations into small incidents can yield big safety gains

Small incidents – or unplanned events that did not result in injury, illness or damage but had the potential to do so – should be investigated more thoroughly than they are now. It is a cost-effective way to provide a greater understanding of complex systems and global behaviors, Mike Munsil, Project Manager at PSRG, said at the IADC HSE&T Conference in Houston. In this video from the event on 6 February, Mr Munsil explains how a 5-Why approach, which asks a series of successive “why” questions, can be used to investigate small incidents. He also explains why he advocates for the term “small incident” rather than “near miss,” which can convey the idea that an event is isolated and unimportant...

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IADC HSE Committee advances work on safety alerts, dropped object prevention

The IADC HSE Committee continues to maintain its focus on two ongoing initiatives that aim to improve safety in the drilling industry – the Incident Statistics Program (ISP) and the IADC Safety Alert Program. Clyde Loll, Corporate Director of QHSE with Nabors Corporate Services, recently stepped into his role as Co-Chairman of the committee and spoke with Drilling Contractor about the group’s plans and activities at the 2018 IADC HSE&T Conference on 6 February in Houston. In addition to the ISP and Safety Alerts, the HSE Committee also continues to assist and collaborate with the North American DROPS network. The DROPSonline organization recently published a recommended practice for dropped object prevention schemes and updated the Reliable Securing Handbook. Watch DC’s video with Mr Loll to find out more...

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Companies can reshape journey management programs for maximum security in high-risk areas

It is important to fully understand the risks and hazards that can endanger personnel traveling in high-risk areas. While most companies have a corporate journey management plan, their programs often lack specific details of a region’s threats, said Stan Ayscue, Country Manager for Strategic Projects at Protection Group International. Speaking at the IADC HSE&T Conference in Houston, Mr Ayscue urged the industry to change its approach to journey management and to consider region-specific factors such as the geopolitical climate; major dates such as holidays; and medical issues, such as a disease outbreak. In this video from the event on 6 February, he describes the common shortcomings of corporate journey management plans and discusses how companies can train their staff to make informed decisions about their personal security when traveling in high-risk areas...

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Application of modern technologies can reduce DROPS incidents

Procedures and programs for DROPS safety have helped reduce incidents over the years, but paper-based procedures can only go so far, Gareth Burrows, Global Business Development Director for OES Asset Integrity Management, said in a presentation at the 2018 IADC HSE&T Conference in Houston. Technology, including tablet-based DROPS systems, eLearning training and drones, can help the industry to further reduce DROPS incidents. In this video from the conference on 7 February, Mr Burrows discusses the limitations of paper-based systems that can be overcome by the use of tablet-based systems. He also explains how eLearning, which is more dynamic and flexible than in-person training, can help reduce dynamic drops. Further, he outlines the pros and cons of using drones to inspect potential DROPS hazards...

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